Design and validation of an STR hexaplex assay for DNA profiling of grapevine cultivars

Jiří Drábek, Michaela Smolíková, Ruslan Kalendar, Fernando A.Lopes Pinto, Pavel Pavloušek, Karel Klepárník, Ivo Frébort

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Although the analysis of length polymorphism at STR loci has become a method of choice for grape cultivar identification, the standardization of methods for this purpose lags behind that of methods for DNA profiling in human and animal forensic genetics. The aim of this study was thus to design and validate a grapevine STR protocol with a practically useful level of multiplexing. Using free bioinformatics tools, published primer sequences, and nucleotide databases, we constructed and optimized a primer set for the simultaneous analysis of six STR loci (VVIi51, scu08vv, scu05vv, VVMD17, VrZAG47, and VrZAG83) by multiplex PCR and CE with laser-induced fluorescence, and tested it on 90 grape cultivars. The new protocol requires subnanogram quantities of the DNA template and enables automated, high-throughput genetic analysis with reasonable discriminatory power. As such, it represents a step toward further standardization of grape DNA profiling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3059-3067
Number of pages9
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Grapevine DNA analysis
  • Multiplex PCR
  • STRs
  • Vitis vinifera L

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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